nomad

noun
no·​mad | \ ˈnō-ˌmad, British also ˈnä-\

Definition of nomad

1 : a member of a people who have no fixed residence but move from place to place usually seasonally and within a well-defined territory For centuries nomads have shepherded goats, sheep, and cattle across the … semiarid grasslands …Discovery
2 : an individual who roams about He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long.

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from nomad

nomad adjective
nomadism \ ˈnō-​ˌma-​ˌdi-​zəm \ noun

Examples of nomad in a Sentence

He lived like a nomad for a few years after college, never holding a job in one place for very long. after college she became quite the nomad, backpacking through Europe with no particular destination

Recent Examples on the Web

People with Sagittarius Venus are drawn to explorers, nomads, and daredevils. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 For the Bakarwal and other Muslim nomads, the trouble has often been about land. Washington Post, "Kashmir nomads wonder what place they have in today’s India," 17 May 2018 That lifestyle fascinated Melissa Ilardo, who first heard about the sea nomads as a graduate student studying corals in Southeast Asia. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Indonesian divers have evolved bigger spleens to hunt underwater," 19 Apr. 2018 The original purpose was to prevent incursions from barbarian nomads in the Third Century B.C. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "From 7 to 77: There's been an explosion in building border walls since World War II," 24 May 2018 Another factor: While Ukrainians were primarily peasants, most Kazakhs were nomads. Sarah Cameron, WSJ, "The Forgotten Soviet Famine," 1 Nov. 2018 More recently, flocks of digital nomads have settled into the co-working spaces and open-air cafés around beachy, boho-chic Canggu (there's wifi just about everywhere), launching Web-design companies and sustainable fashion labels. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 Although local residents are generally welcoming, expatriates and digital nomads tend to stick together. Mike Plunkett, chicagotribune.com, "For digital nomads, work is where the laptop is," 9 July 2018 The nomads, thankfully, nod and point toward a swell of hills. Jason Harper, Condé Nast Traveler, "On the Hunt for Dinosaur Bones in the Gobi Desert," 20 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nomad.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of nomad

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nomad

Latin nomad-, nomas member of a wandering pastoral people, from Greek, from nemein

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nomad

Dictionary Entries near nomad

nol-pros

nom

noma

nomad

nomadic

Nomadidae

nomadize

Statistics for nomad

Last Updated

13 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for nomad

The first known use of nomad was in 1579

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for nomad

nomad

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nomad

: a member of a group of people who move from place to place instead of living in one place all the time

nomad

noun
no·​mad | \ ˈnō-ˌmad \

Kids Definition of nomad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of a people having no permanent home but moving from place to place usually in search of food or to graze livestock
2 : a person who moves often

nomad

adjective

Kids Definition of nomad (Entry 2 of 2)

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on nomad

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with nomad

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for nomad

Spanish Central: Translation of nomad

Nglish: Translation of nomad for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of nomad for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about nomad

Comments on nomad

What made you want to look up nomad? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a complex dispute or argument

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!